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Ned HockmanUlcer at Work (1957)

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Excellent noir-type film about pressures facing a white-collar worker whose ulcer drives him to psychological extremes.


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Director: Ned Hockman
Producer: Dwight Swain
Production Company: University of Oklahoma
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Department of Health
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Keywords: Mental health; Ulcers; Motion pictures: Film noir

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 4.43 out of 5 stars4.43 out of 5 stars4.43 out of 5 stars4.43 out of 5 stars4.43 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Futuristfood - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 9, 2012
Subject: story of our lives...
eegads.. life can be such a trial.

Reviewer: JayKay49 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 27, 2011
Subject: Brought to you by Pfizer - Makers of Valium
25 years later ulcers were found to be caused more by Helicobacter pylorii infestation of the gastric lining rather than type A personalities (like Steve portrayed) appropriately set in the 50's when psychiatry was in its heyday. In fact, given the h'billy accents here it would be expected that the pee-yils you see Steve popping were probably Valiums - the "One a Day Vitamin for high strung southerners" for years to come.

Those Valiums may have cut down on his productivity a bit, but heckkie darn, you could at least survive in his office, and maw and the kee-yids get to go with the now mellow fellow for a ride in that snazzy convertible, with the top down. I was so hoping it would come to that sort of ee-yend.

Would give it 5 stars but it reminds me all to well of the total pains in the arse I had to work with for 25+ years. Never again!

Reviewer: splue - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 18, 2011
Subject: this was filmed entirely with peobles from the gd forum
except even older/ i am going 2 buy sum of them metamucil

Reviewer: rob parrish - - September 4, 2009
Subject: For your viewing pleasure - Ulcer at Work Remix
http://www.nexttoheaven.net/2006/12/next-to-heaven-episode-12.html

Reviewer: bemanwhite - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 24, 2007
Subject: always mother's fault
Breastfeeding on demand causes ulcers!

Reviewer: Marysz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 18, 2006
Subject: Ouch! Living with Society's Corrosive Expectations
This moody film opens with a scene showing executive Steve Hall being driven to work by his wife, Ellen. Steves not in the driving seat in his marriage, so before he even reaches the office, we know hes a problematic character. At work, Steves a demanding sourpussthe ambitious type who makes his co-workers look bad. At home, Ellen and the kids dont exactly hate him. Hes just a cash register to them. Ellen is a compulsive shopper and the kids give Steve the cold shoulder if he doesnt bring them presents from his business trips. Its easy to see why his stomach is killing him. Doc Olmstead tells Steve his stomach is being eaten away by hydrochloric acid. Its all caused by the wrong kind of feelings. Despondent after his talk with the doctor, Steve wanders into a seedy bar and tries to drown his sorrows in whiskey. Later, he and Ellen have a fight and Steve passes out. The doc makes a house call to fix up Steve and sanctimoniously blames Ellen for Steves ulcer. He warns her that widows are a drug on the market, which was probably true in 1957, when this film was made. Theyre both in a precarious positionSteves health is frail and Ellens low status as a woman makes her socially expendable without a husband.

Fortunately, Steve stops being so driven at work and even turns down a promotion in order to spend more time with his family. Ellen stops her obsessive shopping and the kids become less greedy since they now spend more time with Dad. The film ends with Steve climbing into the drivers seat of the family convertible. Lets hope Ellen and the kids dont develop their own ulcers now that Steve has shifted his need for self-esteem from his job onto his family. The film briefly raises an interesting question about men and how their ability to provide financially determines how loved they are by their families. Both Steve and Ellen are in an emotional bind. Their real problem is the non-negotiable gender roles forced on them by the rigid conventions of the nineteen fifties.

Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 31, 2006
Subject: Novel approach to subject matter
Ulcer at Work examines the serious problem of ulcers by offering a view into the life of Steve Hall, a man who has recently developed a duodenal ulcer as a result of the stress from his workplace and domestic life. When the pain becomes too much for him to bear, Steve consults a doctor who eventually manages to lead him to recovery. The film includes an intuitive animated segment that reveals how ulcers develop and some good discussions on how negative attitudes, workaholism, and frayed social relations can exacerbate the conditions of those who are unfortunate enough to have them. Not surprisingly for a film produced at this time, however, Steve is able to spend some time with his cigarettes during the healing process even though smoking is one of the worst things one can do when experiencing an ulcer. Nonetheless, Ulcer at Work is an excellent introduction to ulcers and the threat that they pose to the workforce.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - March 10, 2005
Subject: You young whelp!
Rather strange film about an overworked coot who has a sharp pain on his side, and that makes him grumpy and obnoxious at work (at one point, one of the employees snarls at him, "You young whelp!" Harsh!). Finally, the boss orders him to go see a doctor, and the doctor tells him he has an ulcer, which he treats the news as well, having cancer almost. Against the doctor's advice, the man goes home to his wife, and the pains continue so much he falls down and whallops his head. The doctor comes back, treats him, and, in a move I'm sure made sense in the 60;s, BLAMES THE WIFE too for his Ulcer. Harsh!
Throughout this film, various medical diagrams come on telling us what causes ulcers, but interestingly, it doesnt really explain what makes people so angry! Harsh! (Sorry, can't stop saying that lol)